What is microphone?

  • (noun): Device for converting sound waves into electrical energy.
    Synonyms: mike


A microphone (colloquially called a mic or mike; both pronounced /ˈmaɪk/) is an acoustic-to-electric transducer or sensor that converts sound into an electrical signal. Microphones are used in many applications such as telephones, tape recorders, karaoke systems, hearing aids, motion picture production, live and recorded audio engineering, FRS radios, megaphones, in radio and television broadcasting and in computers for recording voice, speech recognition, VoIP, and for non-acoustic purposes such as ultrasonic checking or knock sensors.

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Columbia Workshop - Radio Techniques - Sound Filters
... through outer space, someone remembered the duct and put a microphone in the bend ... Whenever Buck Rogers was on the move, the microphone was opened, producing the sound of a spaceship ... The filters were generally small boxes through which a microphone circuit could be shunted ...
List Of The Beatles' Instruments - Microphones
... Although microphone usage varied somewhat according to the requirements of each song, the group's recordings at Abbey Road most often employed Neumann U47 or U67 microphones for electric guitars and one or more ... career the drums usually were recorded with only two microphones one overhead (an AKG D19 or STC 4038) and one for the bass drum (such as an AKG D20) ... Later, more microphones were used on the drums ...
Microphone Preamplifier
... A microphone preamplifier is a sound engineering device that prepares a microphone signal to be processed by other equipment ... Microphone signals are often too weak to be transmitted to units such as mixing consoles and recording devices with adequate quality ... Preamplifiers increase a microphone signal to line-level (i.e ...
Lipinski Sound - Hardware - Pro-audio
... developed analog front-end system for professional recording studios Microphone preamplifier a preamplifier exceeding the performance of vintage classics ... Microphone — a unique transformerless vacuum tube electronic design, intended to work exclusively with a transformerless input of the Lipinski microphone preamplifier ...
Microphone Windscreens - Blimps
... are large, hollow windscreens used to surround microphones for outdoor location audio, such as nature recording, electronic news gathering, and for film and video shoots ... The blimp works by creating a volume of still air around the microphone ... The microphone is often further isolated from the blimp by an elastic suspension inside the basket ...